Red Meterological Warning (RMWs)
Not sure how to air this gripe about RMWs but they are more hindrance than help!
The local weather forecast airs every 10 minutes which is great. The RMW, however, is inserted in the most vexing place, just before the 12-hour time/weather matrix. It should be inserted after that t/w matrix.
Viewers are interested in the timing of these weather changes to take actions such as clearing snow before
the snow switches to ZR (freezing rain) or rain. In high volume snowfall areas, that is absolutely essential to know. We can get up at 3 or 4 AM to time the snow removal before the ZR hits. For about 12 hours or more prior to the event, the RMW takes that vital
information tool away. Delay the RMV start about one minute. Missing the longer term forecast (for the duration of the RMW validity) is no big problem. Even if the ensuing Weather Channel program is missed, so be it. The vital information, now being hidden/obscured will be provided.
p.s. The Weather Channel is my most watched TV channel. This is your chance to move up from almost excellent to truly outstanding!Barry's Response
- That'd be great. Maybe they just had their reasons for setting it up that way.
Public warnings are sent out via radio, internet and television by a national forecasting office. Basically, it's an alert about incoming dangerous weather.
Most countries follow the same principles. Here's a bit about how weather warnings work in Canada
this site for more information now.
If I understand
your "gripe" correctly...
In the local weather forecast, the Regional Marine Weather (RMW) report appears just prior to the 12-hour time/weather matrix.
Viewers can't accurately time weather changes or take necessary steps, such as clearing snow before it turns to freezing rain or rain.
It's important to know when these weather changes are coming if you live in an area with a lot of snowfall. In unfavorable conditions, clearing snow can be hard if you don't prepare in advance. For viewers who rely on the forecast for planning,
the RMW report's current placement obscures this vital information.
It's just a matter of delaying the RMW report by one minute. Viewers would get essential information about upcoming weather changes if they could access the 12-hour time/weather matrix first. Having access to the timing information is crucial,
even if viewers miss the longer-term forecast or subsequent Weather Channel shows.
As a dedicated viewer, I appreciate The Weather Channel's excellent service. Making this small change, moving the RMW report to a more appropriate place, can elevate the channel's already high standards to truly outstanding. Viewers like myself rely on accurate and timely weather information
for daily activities, so we can plan and adapt accordingly.
So what we want is...
Considering viewers' needs and adjusting the placement of the RMW report can help The Weather Channel enhance its service and deliver an exceptional viewing experience. Through this change, viewers will be able to make informed decisions and take necessary actions based on precise timing information, improving their overall satisfaction and confidence.